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Where to start?

As many of you know, I have been deep into the editing phase of my second novel since January. Over the last week, I completed the formatting phase. ūüėä Over the last few years, I have been asked how you do it. How do you start with a blank page and end up with a …

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Inspiration Station

I am always excited to learn that someone I know through work or random friendship secretly wants to write. I was always a secret wanna-be writer myself. I would hold that dream tight to my chest and never tell a soul.¬† I read bought and read writing books in secret. I wrote in my journal. …

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No More NaNo?

I won’t lie to you. The first few days without NaNo are the roughest. You are burned out, exhausted, jittery and not quite sure what to do with yourself. The best thing to do is sit back, enjoy the glow of having accomplished a monumental thing, and contemplate what you have learned. Life Lessons from¬†NaNoWriMo …

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NaNoWriMo Week 4 – This Fallow Ground

NaNoWriMo is the perfect time to plant something and watch it grow! This Fallow Ground CHERYL FASSETT¬†‚ô¶¬†JANUARY 21, 2015¬†‚ô¶ Recently, I read an article over on¬†WriterUnboxed¬†about the¬†importance of doing nothing.¬†The author, Robin LaFevers, talked about how many times writers may look like they aren‚Äôt doing much of anything. Yet, they are subconsciously working out the …

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NaNoWriMo Week 3 – Perfection is the Enemy

Perfection is the enemy of done. Truth. Little Miss Perfect CHERYL FASSETT¬†‚ô¶¬†SEPTEMBER 15, 2016¬†‚ô¶ Hello, my name is Cheryl, and I am a perfectionist. We need to start an intervention group for perfectionism. Maybe they exist already. [Note to self: Google this because you need help.] I am one of those folks who let perfectionism …

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NaNoWriMo Week 2 – The Monster Under the Bed

For many writers or would-be writers, writer’s block is the big scary thing under the bed. This is Your Brain on¬†Writing CHERYL FASSETT¬†‚ô¶¬†FEBRUARY 18, 2015¬†‚ô¶ Last June, an¬†article¬†with the same title¬†was written by¬†Carl Zimmer and appeared in the NY Times. It started, ‚ÄúA novelist scrawling away in a notebook in seclusion may not seem to …

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NaNoWriMo Week 1- The Writing Brain

I am sad that life and juggling work projects has interfered with my chasing NaNoWriMo this year. But, I am still here for moral support for all the crazy writers who took the plunge. And for those of you who have never tried it… It is a roller coaster that I cannot recommend highly enough! …

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Letting Yourself Go

And no, I am not talking about personal grooming here… I am talking about releasing our focus on the results and enjoying the process. In what? In everything! As I always tell my mom-in-law when we are quilting, “Perfection is highly overrated!” If we get too caught up in the perfect seam or perfect corners, …

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